Knowing the key formula to achieve success is equally important as knowing how to fail. Part of strategic planning is knowing not only what to do but also what NOT to do.
There is always an element of uncertainty in life; there’s no way to avoid that. But the one thing you can do to ensure that you will never succeed believes that success was your destiny. If you think the world owes you your success, you’ll be doomed to fail.
Entitlement thinking can be detrimental to anyone. It’s worth exploring how your entitlement mindset may stand in the way of achieving your goals.
Understanding Entitlement Thinking
Some people believe that they deserve to be successful and happy without any effort. This leads to a defeatist attitude and an unwillingness to do what it takes to succeed. This can be a damaging mindset that paralyzes both your personal and professional growth. It can come from various sources, such as a person’s upbringing or past experiences.
Entitlement thinking is so pervasive that it threatens to sabotage your best-laid plans. You can’t win without trying, and you won’t succeed if you’re only focused on feeling entitled because you never push yourself to grow and develop.
It’s easy to get hooked on that all-encompassing feeling of superiority but we have to break the entitlement habit and take responsibility for what we want in life.
What It Means to Be Self-Made
Self-made people have accepted the fact that success is not pre-destined. They must play as the main character responsible for their own success story. Hence, they become self-reliant, self-motivated, and embraced accountability.
It can be difficult to quit feeling entitled, especially if you’ve had the privilege in life. But it’s critical to see past your entitlement to achieve success.
Be hands-on to have the skills and tools to be successful. Invest in the knowledge and applications to get you through such as reading books, seeking coaching and mentorship programs, training and seminars.
This way, you can ensure that you’ll be exposed to the correct network and have used your time wisely.
6 Ways to Beat Entitlement Thinking
It’s difficult to be successful when you’re drowning in entitlement. It’s not because entitlement means that people have lower odds of success, but because the odds of success are low for everyone.
Here are 6 ways to beat entitled thinking and reap the rewards:
- Start working for what you want
- Accept that success is not guaranteed
- Learn from others who have succeeded
- Stop blaming the world for your problems
- Take responsibility for your life
- Understand the value of time
Success is not guaranteed
It’s important to remember that success is not guaranteed and that you have to work hard for it. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we learned that you have to have a strategic plan for your life and that’s your duty. You are responsible for your own life, your financial well-being, and your health — for everything. Your life is what you make it.
If you want to succeed, you have to build your success like you would build a house. You cannot just build your dream house overnight. As it is a work in progress you must expect that there will always be challenges and obstacles along the way. Nobody will serve it to you on a silver platter.
Think about what you could do to earn success instead of waiting for it. You need to be persistent, resilient, and emerge yourself by getting off entitlement thinking.
Now we know how to make sure you will never succeed. The truth is nobody owes us anything. If we want to make a change in our lives, we have to do it ourselves. It’s a common misconception that you can be successful by luck without any help or experience.
If you want to be successful, you need to put in the work. It’s time to let go of entitlement thinking and start taking responsibility for your goals!
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